Sunday, July 10, 2005
SHAIKH Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday finished eighth in Catous International Endurance Horseride Championship in France. He clocked seven hours and 34.58 minutes at an average of 16 kilometres per hour over a distance of 120 kms.
A total of 104 riders from France, Spain, Britain, Luxembourg, Qatar and Brazil apart from Bahrain competed in the four-stage race.
French rider Demide Sany finished first astride Miss Dance clocking 7:02.55.
Spaniard Koumas Moulst crossed the finishing line second clocking 7.02.56 Bill Auckers was third in 7:03.24.
Shaikh Khalid fell off his horse Sunway River in torrential rain but recovered soon and made an impressive finish.
Royal Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa quit the race in the first stage as his horse Bawara Shabbi suffered an injury.
Bahrain's Hamad Al Marissi also quit to spare his horse Aloha Gooda any injuries.
Meanwhile, Yusif Tahar and Fuad Jawhar managed to finish the race clocking 9:13.20 and 9:47.44 to finish 36th and 40th respectively.
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